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Louis MacNeice's War

Peter McDonald

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Louis MacNeice's War

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This chapter discusses Louis MacNeice's war poems. It first shows that the experience of wartime was an important element in all of MacNeice's war poetry, especially in his final collection, The Burning Perch. The chapter describes MacNeice's other poems – written during the War itself – as comprising a distinctive body of work that records and gives original shape to the pressures and complications of living in and through severe global conflict.

Keywords: Louis MacNeice; experience of wartime; Burning Perch; global conflict

Article.  10397 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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